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April 2016 Edition

The past month at Homes for the Brave has been filled with joy and excitement thanks to the generosity and grace of our community partners and residents. We're also thrilled to have a full team again with Vince hitting the ground running as our new Chief Executive Officer. See what we've been up to and what exciting events lie ahead in this edition of The Perimeter.
A Note from CEO Vince Santilli
With my first two weeks at Homes for the Brave in the books, I do not know where to start as I have so many people to thank. 

First, I need to thank our outstanding Board of Directors for their confidence in giving me the opportunity to be the CEO of this wonderful organization-what an honor indeed!

Then, I must congratulate Joy Kiss on her well-deserved retirement and thank her for her leadership and guidance in my transition. 

Thank you also to John Porto, our COO and Clinical Director, who has been so unselfish in sharing his immense pool of knowledge and schooling me in an entirely new "lingo" that is full of acronyms and medical phrases; he is an amazing teacher.

The men and women who reside at Homes for the Brave and the Nicholas A. Madaras Home ( Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes) have already taught me numerous lessons about determination, flexibility, and giving back that will be impossible to forget. 

I already treasure the friendship of Bill and Shalini Madaras and look forward to working with them in honoring the memory of their extraordinary son Nick, a young man who gave his life for our country but continues to give the gift of soccer to young children across the world.

Finally, I am thrilled to be working with this spectacular staff and am already running out of adjectives to describe them. They are not only capable and credentialed, but selfless in serving the men and women who are our clients. I have already been wowed and inspired by their compassion, spirit, and complete dedication to our mission.

My hope is that our program will distinguish itself as the very best in the country in serving individuals, primarily veterans, who are in need of housing, vocational or case management services. We are in the HELP business and will endeavor to do it better than anyone in the USA. 

I look forward to meeting the readers of The Perimeter and heartily thank all of you for your past, present, and future support!

Creating Hope, Building Dreams...

Visit our website to learn more about Vince.
Upcoming Events
Homes for the Brave and our community partners have something to offer everyone through the end of the year. Save the dates; we look forward to seeing you soon!

Friday, May 20 - Girls' Night Out (Waterbury, CT)
Biker Boutique, Dames For Soldiers, and Gomers Bar & Grill have teamed up to host a fundraiser to benefit Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes. The fun begins at 7pm at Gomers Bar & Grill in Waterbury. The cost of admission is a $5 cover or an item from our wish list. Guys: You'll be warmly welcomed, too.  Visit the event page for details.

Sunday, May 22 - Plant a Tree, Help a Vet (Bridgeport, CT)
sunny-tree-boughs.jpg Our friends at Northeast Tree Service LLC invite you celebrate Armed Forces Day at Homes for the BravePlant a Tree, Help a Vet will feature live music, food, raffle prizes, games, and $20 sapling sales (planted on your property for free) while raising funds and awareness for Homes for the Brave. Rain Date: June 5. Learn more and RSVP here.

Thursday, June 9 - Salute to Female Soldiers: Our Forgotten Heroes (East Windsor, CT)
Brought to you by Rua Agency & Farmers Insurance, this open house fundraiser offers fun for the whole family. Join us at the CT Trolley Museum for trolley rides, face painting, music, caricatures, a cook-out, and more. Proceeds benefit FS:FHLearn more and buy tickets here.

Monday, July 11 - The 12th Annual Homes for the Brave Golf Classic & Lobster Ba ke (Orange, CT)
Golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to participate in our annual day of fun, food, and fellowship. This year, we're meeting at Racebrook Country Club for a BBQ lunch, golf, contests, prizes, and more. Following golf, we'll meet for a traditional New England Lobster Bake. Purchase your foursomes, sponsorships, and Lobster Bake tickets here.

Saturday, September 24 - "Step Up for the Brave" Stadium Stair Climb Challenge (Bridgeport, CT)
The stadium stair climb challenge is a vertical road race where patrons will "brave the heights" in honor of our brave service men and women. Join us at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport Bluefish Stadium), or participate as a virtual climber. Registration is now open! Learn more here.

Friday, November 11 (Veterans Day) - Event TBA
Stay tuned!

Please contact Katie Marinelli with questions about our upcoming events and/or sponsorship opportunities.

Have a Ball!

On Saturday, April 30, AWARE CT hosted Have a Ball!, a fundraising event to benefit Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes and Kick for Nick

Each year, AWARE (Assisting Women through Action, Resources, and Education) focuses on a major need facing our society. In 2015-2016, the group chose to support female veterans and, in turn, has been an active partner of FS:FH since Veterans Day. AWARE has supported us by serving meals, contributing supplies, advocating for our program, and decorating the Nicholas A. Madaras Home for the holidays. 

On Saturday night, members of AWARE and AWARE Kids focused their efforts on raising funds to keep FS:FH in operation. The evening's cocktail party included delicious cuisine, raffles, custom dog tag creation, and a soccer ball collection for Kick for Nick. 

As the celebration continued, the event's 115 attendees learned about Nick Madaras and the women his legacy serves from Shalini Madaras of Kick for Nick, Katie Marinelli of  Homes for the Brave, and Elaine Brown from FS:FH.

Thank you, AWARE CT, for a wonderful night and all you have done to raise awareness for the specific needs and challenges facing the female soldiers who have served us all.
Housewarming Kits
We love to brag that we have the best supporters in the world. It never ceases to amaze us how quickly you respond when we send out a call-to-action. 

Recently, we've focused on collecting items that will help our residents establish their new homes when they move into permanent housing of their own. Not surprisingly, you've delivered! 

By donating household items such as cooking and cleaning supplies, linens, tool kits, gift cards, and more, you're helping our residents begin their independent lifestyles while enjoying the comforts that many of us take for granted. See how a few of our community partners have pitched in this month.

National Charity League - Redding Area Chapter
NCL's Redding Area Chapter compiled 30 patriotic housewarming kits that focus on necessities for the kitchen, including recipes!

Enfield Junior Women's Club
As part of its annual Girl Scout Tea Party, Enfield Junior Women's Club compiled beautiful housewarming baskets, each complete with a brand new coffee maker and glassware set! Local Girl Scout Troops contributed, too, by donating two cases of brownie mix.

Zack Brand & Boy Scout Troop 25

For his Eagle Scout project, Life Scout Zack Brand is hosting a Veteran Supply Drive to collect household items for our residents. He and his Shelton-based troop are also collecting bottles and cans to fund a  dinner they will serve when they present the gifts they've collected. Check out the flyers below to see how you can support our clients and Zack in his admirable efforts toward becoming an Eagle!
Veteran Supply Drive (Drop-off May 1-31)
Bottle & Can Drive (Drop-off May 7)

Contact Katie Marinelli to learn more about coordinating a supply drive.
Giving Back

We'd like to thank Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust for its generous support of our transitional housing programs:  Homes for the Brave and Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes . Grant funds will provide food to homeless veterans and their dependents while they access much needed resources for rehabilitation.

Thank you,  Bridgeport Rotary Club Foundation, for your recent grant award, which will sponsor new equipment for our resident computer lab. Properly working equipment and current technology help our clients apply for jobs, search for housing, complete school assignments, practice their computer skills, and stay in touch with loved ones.

We are pleased to announce that a recent grant award from the 
Laura J. Niles Foundation  will help support the Case Manager position for our  Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes  program. The Case Manager develops an individualized service plan alongside each woman who enters the program and helps her reach her personal, financial, and housing goals.


The Board of Directors & Staff at ABRI/Homes for the Brave.

In This Month's Issue...
A Note from CEO Vince Santilli
Upcoming Events
Have a Ball!
Housewarming Kits
Giving Back



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